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Toyota Teases "Radical" RND Concept Ahead of U.K. Debut

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 1/21/2015 Alex Nishimoto

Toyota has teased a new concept it plans to unveil next week in the U.K. Dubbed the RND Concept, the mystery car is touted by Toyota as being "fun-to-drive" with "the potential to transform the look of every vehicle on the road." Those are bold words, but even bolder is Toyota's announcement that the RND will be production-ready when it debuts, despite being billed as a concept.

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The extreme close-up teaser image doesn't reveal much, nor does the brief press release issued. Toyota says the RND's design represents a "radical shift in direction" for the brand, and believes it will influence other cars beyond its own model range.

"…Ahead of the official unveiling I can say that this is something we are proud of and that will make a valuable contribution to the world we live in," said Matt Harrison, President of Toyota GB, in a release.

Toyota RND concept teaser© Provided by MotorTrend Toyota RND concept teaser

Based on what little info Toyota has given us, it sounds like the company will debut some kind of alternative transportation vehicle. If that's the case, this could be an update on the Toyota i-Road concept from 2013. The two-passenger, three-wheeled electric vehicle could lean into turns like a motorcycle, which might satisfy the "fun-to-drive" criteria. The concept was also narrow and upright, allowing four i-Roads to fit in one conventional parking spot, according to Toyota.

Whatever Toyota has in store, it says manufacturing and product supply have already been secured, and that pricing will be set at a level that will "make the RND Concept accessible to the widest possible market." An affordable price point will be necessary if Toyota expects the production model to "[change] the face of motoring within weeks" of its launch.

We'll find out what new product Toyota intends to launch next Monday, January 26.

Source: Toyota

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